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My dog and a few friends did this trail in late August of 2017. The trail was very difficult but immensely rewarding. Bring plenty of water and supplies, Views are stunning throughout the trail. Great hike for experienced and well trained dogs.

Nice walk in the woods. Trail marked well. Not much in the way of views but peaceful with babbling brook and rushing river. Winding path with some rolling terrain, challenging enough to be a workout when cutting the trail with snowshoes.

Another great day. Worth the hike to the Panorama Pub.

The Basin and the first cascade you encounter are nice, definitely worth a stop. However, I would not recommend going beyond there. The trail becomes steep and eroded, with bad footing, there is also a very difficult brook crossing. Neither Kinsman Falls nor Rocky Glen Falls seemed particularly amazing.

13 days ago

I really enjoyed this hike. It is pretty hard so if hiking isn't done often then pace yourself. I felt t was a great winter hike. Though because of the cold, clouds, and lack of view we did not hit Flume. Couldn't see 25 feet off the mountain but it was fun!

Very scenic, especially in the fall, however it does get rather crowded on Columbus Day Weekend. Lots of great places to admire the views and hike.

The first 3.5 miles are very friendly, and then you are faced with a decision: ascend North or South Hancock? We chose to ascend South and go down North. The steeps were very slick as butt-sledding activity was at an all-time high. We wore microspikes for the whole hike except for the descent down the North peak--we wore snowshoes. All in all, a great winter hike! 9.1 miles in 8 hours...lots of stopping. From the trailhead to the loop split took us ~2 hours, and same on the return. So trail-math-wise, we spent just as much time doing the summit loop as we did on Hancock Notch Trail/Cedar Brook Trail.

18 days ago

Went hiking here yesterday and it was beautiful with the snow and ice! Absolutely a must do in the winter. I will never want to come back here in open season again. I have been here in the summer and it was so crowded I was getting annoyed....winter is empty and FREE and beautiful!

This was my first time hiking this trail, highly recommend giving it a try. Phone battery died when we reached the hut.

Toughest hike for me so far... I loved It! The views are absolutely amazing. Weather was clear and partly sunny as I walked up but you could see the clouds blowing over the ridge line like something out of a movie. Bring your ice cleats or crampons. plenty of places to slip and fall. Especially climbing back down. There was a decent amount of wind the walk up but nothing crazy.

Difficult footing made it seem more difficult than the numbers suggest. It was also relatively hot and humid, as it was July when we did it. We turned around at Pike’s Peak, which is an overlook 1.8 miles up. I have read that the trail is obscure and even more rough from there to the summit. There were nice views at the vista, though.

Did it in June tough haul, and in Feb to hermits hut, pack snow temp in 40’s easy like a paved highway and going down on soft pack edges easier!

21 days ago

Beautiful winter hike for a breath of fresh air! Scenic!!
Been going here for years and it never gets old! A wonderful spectre of nature and I love the changing scenery during each season! You won’t be disappointed!

do this. every one who is able should do this. so.amazing. if you do it in winter go into the middle of the lake and look all around you. and if you're able, do the kinsmans. it's beautiful. went in late February and didn't need snow shoes because the trail was packed down. but did need cramp ons

Hiked in October 2017. The way up went by much faster than anticipated, great trail and very scenic. Weather couldn't have been more perfect. Of course very high winds at the top. The way down is when I struggled but that's just from my exhaustion and muscles! Took longer than anticipated but made it out as the sun was setting. On our way down we missed the turn for our trail and ended up walking quite a ways on the wrong trail and had to turn around. SO make sure you have your eyes peeled for trail signs/turns!! Bring layers - never know what the weather will be like especially at the summit. Absolutely beautiful views the whole time.

Great little hike!

The trail at this time of year was very snowy. Combined with a steep incline, you definitely need some sort of crampons or snow shoes.
Views were amazing going up and even better at the top. The lake was frozen enough to walk across, which make for cool photos.
Definitely recommend.

28 days ago

We went up the Lonesome lake trail and down the Dodge Cut-off. Very mellow. Didn't need snowshoes, only our foot spikes. We passed a family headed up to stay overnight at the hut.

Loved the view!!!!

Lots of fun on this sunny February day! Super icy, you'll definitely need micro-spikes because some parts of the trail were glare ice. Everything was melting and some parts of the trail were like rivers. A great day hike!

30 days ago

Great little loop. Snow was well packed, easy to maneuver. We took the puppy (echo) with us and she loved it! lots of other dog smells, haha!!

I would have given this 5 stars if I was fully prepared for how hard this hike was going to be for me. I did this hike in late August, 2017, on a BEAUTIFUL day. Cold but manageable. One thing that I was unprepared for was the sections of the ascent and descent that were either climbing hand over foot, or literally sliding down on my butt. Would recommend but would say that if you're not EXPERIENCED, it could be a challenge.

wild hike. 40 to.50 mph with some bigger gusts. The ridge didnt dissaspoint. spectacular views and the weather added that little bit of excitement that gets the blood pumping! Do this hike now!!

1 month ago

Hiked this one in December during the beginnings of a storm. Majority of the trail was unpacked snow roughly 10-12 inches in depth. Even with spikes the descent was tough, limited reward at the summit due to visibility. Great workout and a good story to tell nonetheless.

Amazing hike. Set off around 8am to leave plenty of time and ended up getting back to my car at 1pm. Spent about a minute at the summit due to very strong winds, very cold, and it being socked in. Mother Nature decided to reward me on the way down and things cleared for a beautiful bluebird sky complete with birds serenading me. Used microspikes the entire hike and without them, it would have been much more difficult in a lot of places. Had the entire mountain all to my self. All in all a great time.

Went here in the early fall. I’d definitely recommend it for a nice short hike with beautiful scenery. Good photo ops!

I would not rate this as difficult. Even in icy conditions this was not at at difficult. The top third on the way up to Gunstock was pretty icy but manageable.

Bring a map because this is not one single trail but a series of connected trails. We actually didn't complete the "loop". We mistakenly came down the belknap fire tower trail making our own loop.

Hiked this with my ten year old who faired well.

This was a great trail. We are beginners and found it well worth the hike to see the falls. They were completely frozen where we were standing on the falls. next time we need to complete the loop. Weather was getting a bit gloomy this day.

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